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Scottish anchorages

Port Ramsay

Despite the slightly daunting entrance between covered rocks, once you are in there is loads of space to anchor, and in more or less any wind direction. To safely enter the small bay to the east you need the Antares chart. It is a charming place with many wild flowers and a very extensive foreshore full of whelks, hermit crabs and various other forms of life, fringed with sea pinks. Good for brambles (blackberries) too. And seals on the rocks at the entrance. The only problem is that it is quite a long row to the shore from the bigger anchorage to the west, so aim for the island in front of the cottages and watch you don't get cut off by the tide on your way back.


The main thing to see is the early 19th century lime kilns just northeast of the workers' cottages built in about 1850, surprisingly not mostly holiday homes — yet. Lime burning on Lismore became a major Victorian industry, but by 1934 the last kiln had closed. Just behind the kilns is the quarry where you can still see where the holes for the charges were drilled into the cliff face. You will find the slipway on the foreshore where once the boats arrived with the coal for the kilns, and left for Glasgow with the lime. More or less the whole island is limestone so the number of lime kilns should be no surprise. Unfortunately, a rather gross house was being built in 2017, right by the kilns.


"Ramsey Bay, near the E. end of Lismore, is the only safe anchorage in this Island; the ground is good, the harbour pretty well sheltered, and the depth sufficient for any ship" Murdoch Mackenzie 1776




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Lime kiln and slipway

Workers' cottages